Shelter Agencies for Families in East Texas, or SAFE-T, is looking for volunteers to act as advocates for sexual assault and domestic violence victims served by the program.
A Crisis Response Training for new advocates is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 23,Tuesday in the Plaza Conference Room at Memorial Medical Plaza, 113 Airport Road. A light meal will be served along with the training.
“These are for new advocates and advocates that have been already trained to update them on new information,” notes Mary Ferguson, SAFE-T Outreach Sulphur Springs supervisor.
She explained that the key responsibility of SAFE-T advocates is to respond to calls by law enforcement and hospitals in the area regarding victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. An advocate initiates contact with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with the purpose of being able to explain SAFE-T services, victim's rights and provide peer advocacy.
SAFE-T is a 501(3)(c) non profit agency that provides services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency’s outreach services include 24 hour crisis hotline, counseling, support groups, crime victim assistance, rape crisis intervention, accompaniment to court, legal assistance, shelter, housing assistance and educational programs for the community.
SAFE-T is a community effort; funds and items to provide services to abuse survivors are in constant need. Funding for the agency comes from donations from concerned individuals, churches, as well as from foundations, federal and state Grants and Hopkins County United Way.
“We are in constant need of funds and items to provide services to survivors of abuse. On average we provide services to 100-150 clients a week. We could not do the work we are doing without the help of volunteers. SAFE-T has many volunteer positions available,” Ferguson noted.
Those interested in becoming a SAFE-T advocate should contact the SAFE-T Sulphur Springs Outreach office at 903-439-0325 or 613 Gilmer St. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 pm. Monday through Friday to register for training and complete a volunteer application.
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